Co-op branches throughout Northumberland have smashed a fund-raising target by collecting more than £37,000 to help a cancer charity purchase new eco-friendly vehicles.
A total of 22 stores in the county have been busy supporting Gosforth-based Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care.
Their kind efforts will enable the charity to replace its ageing vehicles with a newer fleet, which use electric or hybrid technologies.
The vehicles are used for palliative and one-to-one patient transport to and from the RVI and Freeman hospitals, in Newcastle.
Co-op area manager for Northumberland, Sean White, said: “Cancer, unfortunately, has affected many colleagues and customers alike within our locality and with our stores being in quite remote parts of Northumberland in the main, the charity has a real significance to the importance of the service that is not provided by local government.
“We set our target at £25,000 and our teams really got behind the fund-raising, at times joining together. We have completed a sponsored walk in the Cheviot Hills, had a sponsored football match against the RAF, a colleague from Rothbury completed the Cragside 10k run, we have had a colleague shave her hair off, legs waxed, and beards off, along with fun days, cake stalls, tombola, raffles and bikeathons.”
Daft as a Brush trustee, Ernest Young, said: “By far this is the largest donation we have received and we are so grateful to the Co-op and their giving customers.
“New vehicles will offer extra comfort, space and facilities and by adopting a greener approach, we can help with a lower carbon future.”